Alabama 76, Alabama A&,M 50
Senario Hillman scored 15 points to lead four players in double figures as Alabama easily beat Alabama A&M 76-50 Saturday.
Tony Mitchell had 12 points and 15 rebounds, Charvez Davis added 11 points and Chris Hines chipped in 10 points as the Crimson Tide rebounded after losing three games in the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Freshman Trevor Releford had seven assists. Playing without junior forward JaMychal Green, their co-leader in scoring and third-leading rebounder coming into the contest, the Tide (3-3) had no trouble with the Bulldogs (2-2). Alabama coach Anthony Grant announced prior to the game that Green was suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.
Cornelius Hester had 15 points and Casey Cantey added 12 points for Alabama A&M. DeMarquelle Tabb had 10 rebounds and nine points.
Alabama (3-3) went on an early 28-9 run to take a 33-14 lead with 4:02 left in the first half. Alabama, shooting 48.5 percent (16 of 33) from the floor and 44.4 percent from 3-point range (4 of 9). The Tide led 38-21 at halftime.
Mitchell also had nine rebounds in the first half as the Crimson Tide used a 23-10 advantage on the boards to build its lead. Alabama improved its shooting from the field and finished the game making 51.7 percent (31 of 60) from the floor.
''We had a tough stretch there in the Virgin Islands in terms of the results. We were able to come out today and to come out with the energy that we did to start the game, and we were able to build the lead. I thought our guys responded well here today with their consistency, being able to defend, rebound and take care of the basketball,'' Grant said.
''On the defensive end, we got back to understanding pressure, helping each other, being accountable to each other, taking away the 3-point line, doing the little things for each other and paying attention to detail on both ends of the floor. (There were) opportunities to grow in those areas, and today I think we took advantage of those opportunities.''
Asked what he meant by Green's ''conduct detrimental to the team,'' Grant responded, ''It's probably a variety of things I need to address. Understanding accountability, respect, responsibility to ourselves, to our teammates, to our coaches. Things along those lines.''